The serene atmosphere in Kakamega Forest will be ruffled come Saturday morning with hundreds of athletes and conservationists burning their lungs out running in order to restore the area ecosystem.
The Kakamega Forest multiple events will bring elites athletes and fans collectively after the race was officially launched by Athletics Kenya Chiefs and local leaders at Riadha House, Nairobi, on Wednesday.
In its third edition this year, the Kakamega Forest Marathon Run is an event with a worthy course as it aims at sensitizing the locals on restoration and conservation of the indigenous woodland with its flora and fauna.
“This is one of the most important running events we have in Kenya. It’s objectives goes beyond providing entertainment since it brings all the stakeholders for a common purpose. We shall continue to give our support,” offered Athletics Kenya senior vice President Paul Mutwii.
The Reputed Western Kenya jungle will be used for five different race events that will include the 42 and 21Kilometres Premium challenges within and around the forest and the fundraisers “Ingo” races that will see locals negotiate the bushes in 15kilometres and 5Km Totos challenge (Children race).
In addition, the organizers have planned a 23-kilometres bicycle challenge for the locals, known for their penchant for cycling.
Winners in all race categories will line up their pockets with cash money ahead of the Christmas festivities where victors in 42 and 21kilometres getting Sh500, 000 and Sh150, 000 for their sweat.
Kakamega Forest Marathon is among the latest road running event in the country after Mombasa, Nairobi Standard Chartered, Safaricom Kisumu Marathon, Kass marathon in Eldoret, and Iten marathon in Iten.